13th August 2018 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Zorzal ZZ Tupungato Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (£9.50, M&S)
pretty, perfumed complexity; delightful
Domaine de Bila-Haut, Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2016 (from £10.95, etonvintners.com; nywines.co.uk; noblegreenwines.co.uk)
forceful clarity of sun-baked, earthy wild bramble berry
Domaine de l’Ecu Orthogneiss, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2015 (from £13.75, L’Art du Vin; tannico.co.uk)
nervy dry white combination of citrus zing, minerals and savoury tones
Montsecano Il Refugio Pinot Noir 2014 (£15, Fortnum & Mason)
wonderfully graceful pinot, lithe and limber, cool and fragrant
Haywire White Label Gamay, Canada 2016 (£27, redsquirrelwine.com)
gorgeous strawberry flavours and compulsively drinkable succulence
Coates & Seely Britagne Brut Reserve NV (£30.95, coatesandseely.com)
vividly fresh, fine-boned, dry sparkler

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Gosnells Sparkling Mead (£9.99 Whole Foods, £12 Borough Wines; 5.5%)
gently honeyed, semi-sparkling
Black Chalk Classic Sparkling 2015 (£35 blackchalkwine.co.uk, 12%)
Rich, toasty fizz from an exciting new name on the English wine scene
Waitrose Blueprint English White (2017, £8.99, 12%)
Quintessentially summery white, packed with elderflower and passionfruit
Co-Op Irresistible London Dry Gin (down to £16 from 15 August, 40%)
basic, decent, good-value gin
Albourne Estate 40 Semi-Dry Vermouth (£20.99 Butlers Cellar, £21.50 Hennings, 18%)
Deliciously herby, nutty vermouth

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TESCO FINEST SANCERRE ROSE 2016 Domaine Fournier (£11 Tesco)
Very pale pink, vibrantly fresh and dry with delicate red fruit notes
SANCERRE ROSE 2016 Domaine Bizet (£16.99 Raeburn Wines, Edinburgh)
Pretty salmon pink colour, intense red currant aromas and mouthfilling density
SANCERRE ROSE 2016 Domaine Tabordet (£14.75-£16 Exel Wines, Corking Wines)
Refreshingly tangy, hints of strawberries and tropical fruit on aroma
SANCERRE ROSE 2017 Domaine des Cotes Blanches (£14.99 Rude Wines)
Very fruity style with peachy aromas, light melony flavours
SANCERRE ROSE 2017 Domaine Michel Girard (£13.99 Virgin Wines)
Elegant dry rose with juicy strawberry fruits, some weight and power

the Independent – Adrian Smith

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc, £6.95​
zippy Sauvignon is leafy, citrusy and refreshing
La Perriere Bordeaux Blanc: the Wine Society, £6.95​
vibrant, zesty, white with green nettle notes and a refreshing prickle
Chateau Les Clauzots Graves White: Waitrose Cellar, £9.99
Sauvignon Blanc with some Sémillon; moreish, creamy texture
Le G de Guiraud: Lea & Sandeman, £16.95
lemon creaminess and a pretty spiciness
L’Esprit de Chevalier Blanc 2014: Berry Bros & Rudd, £27.95
tropical hint with the citrus and a weighty, creamy texture

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017, Australia Asda, £7.98
velvety, juicy and packed with ripe Victoria plums and cherries
Barbera d’Asti 2015, Piedmont, Italy Morrisons, £6.50
lip-smacking blackberry fruit, good, fresh acidity. A steal at this price
Taste the Difference Zweigelt 2017, Austria Sainsbury’s, £9
vivacious and juicy red, with plenty of bright cassis and strawberry